Screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel which begins in the years after the American Civil War and, through the story of the Trask family, brings to light a struggle and conflict inherent in the human condition.
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 Adam Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Charles Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Lee (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Cal Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Cyrus Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Jules Edwards (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Faye (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Will Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
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 James Grew (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Mrs. Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Bill Ames (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Tom Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Cotton Eye (3 episodes, 1981)
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 The Preacher (3 episodes, 1981)
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Fredric Cook
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Bert Williams
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Screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel which begins in the years after the American Civil War and, through the story of the Trask family, brings to light a struggle and conflict inherent in the human condition.

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John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'  »

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Timothy Carey, who plays an evangelist, also appeared in the 1955 James Dean version. See more »

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Featured in The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1981) See more »

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Yes! This Steinbeck!
23 April 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

We all know the '55 version with James Dean, which is based (loosely) on the epic novel by John Steinbeck. The three major films of James Dean were destined to become cult classics because Dean and his tragic early death lends itself to cultism. But, Dean's East of Eden was Hollywood and hardly Steinbeck. Not to slam it as it was a fine film-- but not Steinbeck. This miniseries utilizing the skills of the Bottoms Brothers and a fine cast-- Jane Seymour is superb. The epic unfolds with the biblical story of betrayal, fratricide, envy and passion found in the book of Genesis. Steinbeck's books in his California period are sweeping epics that cross generations, sprout archetypes and are a wealth of discovery for the reader. Alas, his later works, in comparison, disappoint. But, East of Eden, which with its classic epic mate, The Grapes of Wrath, bring to light a struggle and conflict inherent in the human condition. This is no slight challenge to bring to the screen and it takes the length of a mini-series to do it justice. The saga of the Trask family becomes not only the tale of the fall from grace we all know from our Judeo-Christian tradition but the conflict that is part of all of us. Wrought with deceit, pain, misunderstanding and misjudgement, it is a tale of redemption, forgiving and hope. This is one of the best mini-series I've ever come across and for one that hates TV to sit with eyes glued to the screen from beginning to conclusion, it had to be good. Alas, no video or DVD. Watch for it on reruns.


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